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Vegan dishes

Dishes that are traditionally served vegan

Golden spread made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and spices

Hummus

Deep fried balls made from chickpeas and herbs, commonly served inside a pita bread with salad, hummus and tahini

Falafel

A salad made from toasted or fried pieces of bread, cucumber, tomato, radish, lettuce and other seasonal vegetables

Fattoush

A salad made of finely chopped,mint, parsley, onions, burgul and sometimes tomatoes are added

Tabbouleh

Cubed potatoes with red peppers, coriander, chili, garlic and olive oil

Batata Harra

Cooked eggplant dish made with tahini, olive oil and spices

Baba Ghannouj

Flatbread topped with za’atar spice mix including dried thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and olive oil drizzled on top

Mana'eesh Zaatar

A thick eggplant and chickpea stew with tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onion and local spices

Maghmour

Rice dish made with lentils, spices and sautéed onions

Mejadra

Dishes that can be Veganized

Dishes that are not vegan by default, but can be made so, by asking to remove or change part of the ingredients.

Local wheat bread filled with grilled meat, salad, hummus, tahini and pickles. To veganize: ask for chickpeas instead of meat

Shawarma Wrap

Pita pocket filled with fried eggplants, tomatoes, cucumber, potato, egg, onions and tahini. To veganize: ask with no egg

Sabich

Tomato rice with seasonal vegetables and fish fillet. To veganize: ask for no fish

Sayadiya

Pan fried tomatoes, green peppers, eggs onion, garlic, herbs and spices. To veganize: ask for no egg

Menemen

Dishes that are not vegan, but appear to be.

Dishes that might look vegan, but contain animal products.

Stuffed veggies such as tomato, pepper and zucchini, filled with tomato rice with meat, cooked in meat-based broth

Mahshi

Semolina strings soaked in sugar syrup, layered with cheese underneath

Knafeh

Usually made with meat-based broth

Shorbet Adas

Sweet pastries made with honey and sometimes butter

Baklava

Traditional pastry commonly filled with feta and other cheeses

Borek

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